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Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

The amputation Verdict of Mohammad Hosseini’s fingers was carried out

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Human Rights in Iran – Saturday, September 10, 2022 – The sentence for amputation of four fingers of Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, a prisoner accused of robbery, was carried out at the clinic of Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj.

According to the report of Human Rights in Iran, at dawn on Thursday, September 8, 2022, after Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, a prisoner accused of robbery and detained in Arak Central Prison was transferred to Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj, the sentence for amputation of four fingers of his right hand was carried out without the knowledge of his attorney and his family.

“At 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, without informing the lawyer or even members of Mohammad Hosseini’s family, this prisoner was transferred to the prison’s clinic and the sentence for amputation of four fingers of his right hand was carried out.”, an informed source told Human Rights in Iran.

The source also added: “After the enforcement of the sentence, Mohammad Hosseini was transferred to Arak Central Prison in Markazi Province at noon the same day, and this prisoner is currently being held in Arak Central Prison, due to his inability to provide stolen funds to return to the plaintiff in the case.”

“Mohammad Hosseini’s finger amputation sentence was carried out while judicial authorities do not respect the minimum rights of a prisoner. For example, his family deposited a bail amounting to 4 billion Tomans and two pay stubs from two official government employees to send Mohammad Hosseini on medical leave. However, judicial authorities in Arak severely pressured him by suspending the processing of the prisoner’s leave request and this is despite the fact that Mohammad Hosseini needs specialized medical and therapeutic care after the execution of the sentence to amputate his fingers, but he is locked up in Arak Prison.”, this informed source added at the end of the interview.

Mohammad Hosseini was arrested in 2010 on robbery charges and after going through the proceedings, was sentenced by Branch 1 of The Criminal Court of Markazi Province to amputation of four fingers of his right hand from the end so that his thumb and palm remained.

Furthermore, under Article 667 of the Islamic Penal Code, he is convicted of rejecting the same stolen property and will remain in prison until he pays this amount.

After announcing the objection and referring the case to the 9th branch of the Court of Appeal of the Central Province, the verdict issued by the 1st branch of the Criminal Court of the Central Province was confirmed and it was communicated to Mohammad Hosseini in the Central Prison of Arak.

In a part of the court’s decision issued by the Court of Appeal, it is written: “Considering that the verdict has been issued in a documented and reasoned manner and does not undermine the principles of the court’s knowledge, and there are no objections to the defects that violate the court, and the defendant’s appeal does not comply with any of the directions set forth in Article 464 of the Criminal Procedure Code, therefore, according to Paragraph A of Article 469 of the aforementioned law, by rejecting the appellant’s appeal, which emphasizes the appeal document, this verdict is final.”

Iran is among the countries that have refused to sign the Convention against Torture, the main reason for which the judiciary is relying on Islamic Sharia law, which includes the issuance of Hadd (punishments whose limit has been prescribed in the Qur’an) and Qisas (retaliation) sentences.

Crimes committed by individuals deserve to be considered punitive measures, but it is important to note that, in accordance with the principles set forth in international Human rights documents, the issuance and implementation of amputation sentences for any human being with any charge is a violation of human rights and a clear example of torture. This requires a review of the Criminal Procedure Code and the Islamic Penal Code, which is the basis for decision-making and sentencing by judges of the criminal and revolutionary courts.

The issuance and implementation of amputation sentences violates Article5 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966

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